Yankees vs. Tigers, Game 4: End of the Road for A-Rod in New York?

Sabathia vs. Scherzer. Miami-bound (?) Alex Rodriguez, not surprisingly, has been left out of the New York lineup.

As Bill Simmons noted, the Red Sox once trailed the Yankees 3-0, then Game 4 was rained out, then Boston rallied to win the series. I’d like to remind you that the Tigers have the best pitching staff in the AL, the Yankees haven’t hit in the postseason and they don’t have Derek Jeter, either.

With the Cardinals leading the Giants 2-1, we could be headed toward a rematch of the 2006 World Series, won by St. Louis, 4-1.

For the eight seven of you who immediately think World Series and then think ratings, the 2006 ratings ranged from an 8.0-11.6 (12-18 million viewers), which surpassed ratings for the first five games of the 2011 World Series (St. Louis vs. Texas, 6.6-10.0; 11-16.6 million viewers).

Game 7 last year was a major shot in the arm for the series, generating a 14.7 rating and 25.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched World Series game since 2004, when the Red Sox faced the … you guessed it, Cardinals.

Wow, it just dawned upon me – if the Cardinals make the World Series, that would be four trips in nine years. Why isn’t anyone talking about this dynasty?


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